Tips for Having a Large Wedding

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Having a large wedding is a great way to celebrate the love between you and your partner. Large weddings will be memorable for everyone involved, and planning a large wedding does not have to be stressful. Here are a few tips to help you make the most out of your wedding planning experience without becoming overwhelmed or stressed out.

Vendors

Hire vendors you can trust. Having a reliable list of vendors at your service will help prevent a total wedding meltdown. Enlisting a group of experienced professionals will help you to feel like you are in good hands and reduce the amount of time that you spend worried about things not getting done. In order to find the right vendors, consult your friends and family. Use vendors that others have had success with and don’t be afraid to ask people for recommendations. If someone did a good job for another person, chances are they will do a good job for you too.

Reputable vendors are easy to find when you enlist the help of co-workers and friends. Chances are, everyone you know has either had a wedding or knows someone who has. Enlisting your personal network to help you hire vendors will take the load off of your back and ensure that you’re in reliable hands.

Get Help

Instead of asking for wedding gifts, ask your loved ones for wedding help. You’d be surprised at what can get accomplished when people come together and pool their resources. Having the help of others will be the best wedding present you’ll receive. The more people willing to help you, the better. Don’t hesitate to delegate certain aspects of your wedding to people that you trust. For those you have less confidence in, find small things that are still necessary.

Planning

If you decide to have a large wedding make sure that you set aside plenty of time for planning. It may not be feasible for you to have a large wedding if you are the type of person who does things last minute or if you never find yourself having enough time in the day. If this sounds like you, a large wedding may be an invitation for stress. Make sure that you are able to set aside plenty of time to devote strictly to planning your wedding. If you try and plan a large wedding on a whim or on too short of notice, you may find yourself in messy situation. If you have the option of hiring a wedding planner, by all means do so. A wedding planner will reduce the amount of responsibilities on your plate and free up a lot of time for you to enjoy the wedding planning process with your partner.

Tips for Your Rehearsal Dinner

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Your rehearsal dinner is a great opportunity to bring your friends and family together for your special occasion. Integrating the friends and family of the bride and groom should be a fun experience where new friendships are readily able to blossom. Here are some tips to help you make the most out of your rehearsal dinner.

Sending out invitations for your rehearsal dinner is a great way to allow people to prepare for the event. The invitations shouldn’t be as formal as your wedding invitations, but should allow guests to know when and where the dinner is as well as what to expect as far as attire is concerned. Make sure you include directions to the location and state whether or not there will be transportation.

Pick a theme that incorporates both the bride and the groom’s personality. Having a theme may seem like a chore, but in actuality it will help you determine the food and the location easier than if you don’t have a theme. If you want to really impress your guests, have a backyard picnic or a buffet on a boat. These unique ideas will be unlike any rehearsal dinner your guests have attended in the past.

Everyone who is involved in your wedding should be invited to your rehearsal dinner. Dates of adults and grandparents of both parties should also be invited. Make sure you are thorough in your invitations as not to risk leaving anyone out and possible hurting their feelings.

Don’t be afraid to go the traditional route and have a formal sit down dinner. You can rarely go wrong with tradition and it’s a nice way to make your guests comfortable as they have probably been through a similar experience. Most restaurants have private rooms that are available for you to rent for your rehearsal dinner.

Have an informal meet and greet before the dinner so that people can get to know one another ahead of time. Try and seat like-minded individuals near one another so that they will have things to talk about over dinner. One of the most exciting parts of a wedding is the opportunity to forge new friendships.

Also, it’s important not to serve the same food as you’ll be having at your wedding. Make sure that you have a variety to offer your guests. For instance, if you are serving American food at your wedding, try for Italian or French food at the rehearsal dinner. Creating an unforgettable environment for your guests will give them something to look back on fondly for the rest of their lives. Creating great memories if one of the best parts of having a wedding and a rehearsal dinner.

Summer Wedding Advice

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Summer is probably the most romantic time that you can have a wedding, but there are also a lot of headaches that can come with planning your big day in the scorching heat. Summertime pitfalls can be easily avoided by following a few simple tips to make your big day as lovely as you imagined. The summer is packed with holidays, so start by making sure that you do not book your wedding on the same weekend as Memorial Day or the Fourth of July.

A lot of the time, people have already pre-planned vacations on these weekends and you’ll want to make sure you do not cut into the time they’ve set aside to spend with their families. Also, booking weddings on these weekends will probably end up costing you a pretty penny. Send out your save-the-dates as soon as possible so that your guests can plan ahead. The summer is when everyone travels and goes on vacation so you want to make sure that everyone has enough time to book the necessary flights and make arrangements around any prior commitments they may have.

Help your guests make the most out of your wedding by turning it into a vacation for them. Hand out lists of things to do in your area as well as maps and directions to local hot spots. Visiting a new city is exciting and your wedding may be the perfect opportunity for people to get to know a new place. If you know certain guests have certain interests, make special lists for those attendees that you know they will enjoy. This extra touch will make your guests feel welcome and ensure that your wedding is an unforgettable experience.

Keep it Local

Whether you are hiring entertainment or catering, supporting local businesses is a great way to save money and give back to the local economy. Having your rehearsal dinner at a local restaurant will help give back to your community as well as give your guests a taste of what your city has to offer. The summertime is when fresh, local vegetables are at their peak so you really have an opportunity to show off your cities local harvest and cooking skills.

Have a Back Up Plan

Having an outdoor wedding can turn into a beautiful celebration but in some parts of the country the weather can be extremely unpredictable. Always ensure the beauty and comfort of your event by having a solid back up plan in case the weather decides to take a turn for the worse. Also make an effort to avoid having your wedding during the hottest hours of the day (between 10am and 3pm) in order to keep everyone as comfortable as possible.

Chose Your Dress Wisely

Make sure that you choose a dress that is beautiful and practical at the same time. A great summer wedding dress should look wonderful while allowing you to breathe at the same time. Pick a light weight material so you can be comfortable throughout the day.

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Planning a Child Friendly Wedding

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When planning a wedding, children are often overlooked. The fact of the matter is that the happier the kids are on your big day, the happier everyone, especially the parents, will be. You don’t have to bend over backwards in order to make sure that children enjoy your nuptials, but there are a few simple tips that you can use in order to make sure that everyone is having the best time possible. The more everyone is enjoying themselves, the better the wedding will be for everyone involved especially the bride and groom.

Menu

It’s no secret that children love to eat, so making sure that you include a few kid friendly options on your wedding menu will make children and their parents very happy campers.  If you can, ask parents ahead of time about any known food allergies to avoid a trip to the emergency room. Children often have very specific food allergies. While it’s true that some children will enjoy eating lobster and steak, most would rather have chicken fingers and fries. Giving them the option to choose is the best way to make sure that everyone is happy.

Put Them to Work

Giving children responsibilities is a win win for everyone involved. Children love to feel included, and by giving them a few simple tasks to execute, you are keeping them safely occupied and taking a little weight off of your own shoulders. Find easy chores that they can help out with and you’ll notice that not only can children be very productive, they are usually happy to help because it makes them feel important.

Timing

If you are planning on having young children at your wedding, be mindful of the time frame. Even the sweetest children can turn into little monsters if they become over tired or stay up after their usual bed time. If you think your wedding will run later into the evening, plan to have an extra “nap room” where children can go to rest and re-energize. Sometimes, all it takes it’s a short nap for a child to feel better.

Don’t Expect Perfection

Even the most well-mannered children have moments from time to time. Weddings can be over stimulating and over exciting for some children, so don’t expect perfect behavior the whole way through. Lowering your expectations will help you to manage your feelings should something go wrong. If the idea of having child related disruptions at your wedding just doesn’t seem feasible, you should probably arrange to have an adult only affair. Finding arrangements for child care is not your responsibility, but you can encourage your guests to share babysitters and make recommendations on whom to hire if you should happen to know anybody.

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Tips for Your Destination Wedding

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Planning a destination wedding can be an adventure for you and your groom to embark upon together. The planning is usually very detailed, and by following a few simple tips you will be able to ensure that the experience is less stressful and more fun. Between choosing the right destination, finding accommodations and familiarizing yourself with a foreign country it may seem like you have a lot of your plate, but do not despair. Use these tips to help you simplify the process.

Choosing the right location can mean the difference between spending over budget and saving money compared to having a wedding in the United States. For instance, if you chose a destination such as the Bahamas and you live in New York City, chances are that even with airfare your wedding will be less expensive than if you’d had it in the States. By the same token, don’t forget to factor in all of the extra expenses in order to stay within your budget. Food, airfare, hotels, and other expenses need to be taken into account in order to ensure that you don’t over spend during your destination wedding.

Be careful when choosing which vendors to work with. There are a number of online resources that can help you determine which vendors are credible and which vendors you should avoid. In order to help you figure out whom to trust, it’s important that you do some research. The worst thing that could happen to you is to entrust someone with your money only to find out that they can’t deliver on their promises. Finding people to work with in a foreign country always requires a little extra care. Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family for help as well as consult with local travel agents and other professionals with expertise abroad.

Always inform your loved ones where your wedding is going to be before you invite them to be a part of essential planning. It’s important to give everyone a chance to determine whether or not they will be able to make it. Not everyone is going to be able to afford airfare; hotel and other expense so don’t expect your entire guest list to attend. In fact, it’s safe to assume that a number of people will not be able to come.

Check the local whether predictions ahead of time and make sure you don’t go to a remote island during hurricane season. The weather is always going to unpredictable, but with a little research you can reduce the odds of having your wedding during a full blown monsoon. Don’t assume that just because you are having your wedding in a tropical paradise, that the weather is always perfect. Also make sure to set aside plenty of time to pick out bridesmaid and wedding dresses.

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I’m engaged! Now what do I do?

CONGRATULATIONS! You’re engaged!

You probably overjoyed and anxious to get things moving along. So, you’re probably wondering, “What do I do next?”  “When do I go wedding dress shopping?” “When do we set a date?” Well, here are a few tips on where to get started:

1. If you haven’t called your relative and close friends…do that first! Share the joy.

2. If your ring is too big, get it sized…and then get it insured! You should be able to enjoy wearing your ring without feeling nervous about it falling off, losing it, etc. Obviously, the sentimental value is greater than any cost placed on the ring, but get it added to your homeowner or renter’s insurance…you’ll just feel better  about it.

3. Discuss a date with your mate. :) It doesn’t have to be exact, but agree on a timeline… (i.e. Fall 2013, Early 2013).  If you’re like me, you’ll take care of everything and just let your hubby-to-be know where to be and when.  No need to stress him out (unless he likes the planning part), so get the “date” out of the way early so you know where you stand and what to do next.

4. Discuss your wedding ideas with your fiance. Make sure you’re on the same page and make sure you make it about the two of you and not just YOU.  Figure out what the two of you want the wedding to look like and then discuss it with whoever is involved financially with the wedding.

5. Decide if you need a wedding planner and if you have the budget for it.

6. Start shopping for your wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses.  This will help set the tone for the wedding. You don’t want to wait until you have flowers and linens and cake picked out and then you have the stress of finding a dress that goes with all of those things. It will drive you crazy. Get it out of the way and then, at least, you’ll know that the dresses will be in early enough to get your fittings in and be stress-free.

7. Get your guest lists together (make sure both families compile their own and give them to whoever is handling invitations).  If you are having a small wedding of 50 people or a large wedding of 500 people, make sure you know YOUR guest list first of your friends and then give each family a quota they must be under. For example if you need to be under 100 guests, and you have 30 friends that MUST be at your wedding, then each family will be allowed to have 35 guests)

8. HAVE FUN! Don’t stress over small stuff. Nothing can be more amazing than the love you two have for each other and if you are genuinely having the best time of your life, so will your guests.